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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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Donald Trump’s approval rating hit a new low this week. But since his targeted military strike on a Syrian airfield, he’s received a praise unheard since his first address to Congress. Funny how a bombing campaign has a way of bringing people together.

Here are five outspoken Trump critics who were positively gushing about his latest military operation.

1. Brian Williams

MSNBC’s Brian Williams appeared mesmerized by the Tomahawk missiles launched at the Syrian airfield.

“We see these beautiful pictures at night from the decks of these two U.S. Navy vessels in the eastern Mediterranean,” he told Malcolm Nance, a retired counterterrorism and intelligence officer.

Williams likened the airstrike to a Leonard Cohen lyric: “I am guided by the beauty of our weapons,” Williams said, without a trace of irony. “Beautiful pictures of fearsome armaments making what is for them a brief flight over to this airfield.”

In 2012, during the height of Trump’s birther obsession, Williams famously claimed Trump had “driven well past the last exit to relevance.” If only.

2. Fareed Zakaria

“I think Donald Trump became president of the United States,” Zakaria said, comparing Trump’s “education” on global conflict with that of his predecessors.

“President Trump recognized that the president of the United States does have to act to enforce international norms, does have to have this broader moral and political purpose,” he continued, praising Trump’s speech Thursday.

“It was the kind of rhetoric that we have come to expect from American presidents since Harry Truman. But it was the kind of rhetoric that President Trump had pointedly never used either on the campaign trail nor in his inaugural, so I think there has been an interesting morphing.”

Just three weeks ago, Zakaria asserted that Trump had “spent his entire life bullsh*tting.”

3. Jedediah Bila

“The View” co-host, a registered independent, has remained a vocal critic of Trump ever since Trump announced his candidacy. However, Trump’s airstrike on Syria late Thursday made Bila, “very proud.”

She also praised Trump for not getting permission for the airstrike from Congress, to which host Joy Behar retorted, “If he had not gone to Congress—President Obama—they would have impeached him.”

4. & 5. Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski

The “Morning Joe” team praised Trump’s decisiveness, while jokingly warning “our Russian comrade friends, if you tell Donald Trump that he didn’t damage your airfields adequately and try to mock him, he will come back tonight.”

“It’s one thing we know about him,” Brzezinski observed.

“We certainly know the status quo was unacceptable,” Scarborough added, turning to Washington Post journalist David Ignatius to discuss the “timeliness” of the “very measured attack.”

“They moved quickly,” he added.

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6 responses to “5 Prominent Trump Critics Who Were Positively Gushing About His Syrian Airstrike”

  1. Now that the drunkenness of Trump’s critics-turned-admirers has worn off, they may come to the realization that a leopard doesn’t change its spots. Sure, we’re all glad
    that a “message” was sent, but as of today, the airfield is back in action; Russia has increased its presence there; and Trump, being as ignorant about geopolitics and everything else, is none the wiser or saner.
    Any man(woman) who has spent decades developing as egotistical and greedy personae as Donald has, isn’t likely to do an about face after viewing horrific images of children dying from a gas attack. Donald’s good friend, Putin, and other Russian leaders certainly aren’t moved—all they are concerned about is cover-up and denouncing their critics. Trump does the same, as we’ve seen in his rants against the media and against women who won’t submit to him.

    Trump is a churlish individual, egotistical to the extreme, infatuated with his image and the adoration he constantly receives from slavish fans who don’t know any better, and long ago “crossed the line” into the realm of no-return.
    The Syrian attack, although a necessary response made despite not consulting Congress, only serves as a reprieve for Donald, who’s sweating the noose tightening around his neck re: his Russian intrigues and all the other dysfunctions surrounding him.

    • Independent1 says:

      And let’s hope that noose tightens around Donald’s neck before he does something that really damages our country. According to Senator Angus King, the Senate Intelligence Committee is focused on getting to the bottom of all phases of the Russian interference in the 2016 election.

      Here’s an excerpt from an email I received from Senator King whose a member of the Intelligence Committee:

      In this investigation, we are working to find answers to three important questions:

      First, what exactly did the Russians do during the 2016 election, and how did they do it?

      Second, was there a relationship between the Trump campaign and the Russians?

      And third – a question that deserves a great deal more attention than it is currently receiving – what was the level of Russian interference in state and local voting systems?

      Though it hasn’t been discussed as much as other issues at play, that third question concerns some scary stuff: We have evidence the Russians tried to probe and prod into state and local election processes in 2016 – raising questions about whether they might attempt to monkey around with voter registration, polling machines and ballots. Everything we know so far suggests they were unsuccessful, but they weren’t doing it for fun – and they will be back. If the Russians had somehow managed to change a few hundred thousand votes in Michigan, for example, it could throw our entire political system into chaos – and that’s exactly what Putin wants.

      The Senate Intelligence Committee is dedicated to conducting our investigation in a fully bipartisan manner. It’s the only way to ensure our report has credibility when we get to the end of the road. The committee is carefully balanced – composed of eight Republicans, six Democrats and me – and we’ve been consulting and meeting nearly every day. Everybody knows this is an issue fraught with partisan overtones, and I won’t pretend this will be easy work. But this won’t be a whitewashing, and it won’t be a witch hunt, either. In fact, I rank this right up there with the most important work of my career, and many of my colleagues – Democrats and Republicans alike – feel the same way. Putin isn’t a Democrat or a Republican. He’s an opportunist, and this wasn’t just a one-off; we need to be prepared for the same tactics in the next election.
      There’s so much material for the Committee to go through, Senator King estimates it may be 6 moths or more before they publish their final report.

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    • dbtheonly says:

      I’m inclined to think that the mere action will have some effect, regardless of how long the airfield is out of commission. Was it BBC that said Trump took out 20% of the Syrian Air Force.

      If this gets Trump noticing how under Putin’s thumb he’s gotten; then that’s a plus too.

  2. Thoughtopsy says:

    Sure guys… Trump wanks himself with the US military and suddenly “He becomes President”.

    Irrespective of the arguments for or against military action against Syria, this fawning, suck up, jingoistic bullsh1t from the media is just sad.

    An arrogant, foolish, angry narcissist with no idea what he is doing does NOT suddenly “become President” by launching missiles into a complex and dangerous international situation with no plan or strategy, you stupid, two-faced narrative-whores.

    • Theodora30 says:

      Nor does he become President by standing on a pile of rubble and grabbing a megaphone to spew macho bull but the geniuses in our “liberal” media surely thought so.

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